|Publication number||US6011217 A|
|Application number||US 09/192,867|
|Publication date||Jan 4, 2000|
|Filing date||Nov 16, 1998|
|Priority date||Nov 14, 1997|
|Publication number||09192867, 192867, US 6011217 A, US 6011217A, US-A-6011217, US6011217 A, US6011217A|
|Inventors||Chao-Hsu Chen, Jen-Jou Chang, Song-Rong Chiou|
|Original Assignee||Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (8), Referenced by (4), Classifications (19), Legal Events (6)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The present invention relates to a supporting bracket, and more particularly to a supporting bracket for carrying a small card therein for facilitating insertion into a standard card connector.
Conventional electrical cards are built with a tremendous amount of data which can be conveniently accessed by devices such as portable computers, mobile phones, and digital cameras. Taiwan Utility Application Nos. 82102557, 82109139, 83112259, and U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,026,296, 5,179,505, 5,197,894, and 5,421,737 disclose such techniques. However, because of the memory capacity of the card and different functions provided, the size of the electrical card varies from one to another. Basically, electrical cards can be divided into large and small cards according to their dimension. Accordingly, the mating card connectors for large and small cards are also different. If a portable computer is equipped with a large card connector, then the computer can not access data stored within a small card.
It is the objective of this invention to provide a card carriage bracket for a small card to facilitate insertion of a small card into a large card connector.
In order to achieve the objective set forth, a card carriage bracket for a small card comprises a base having a pair of supporting arms extending from transverse ends thereof and defining a receiving space therebetween. Each supporting arm forms a supporting tab extending toward the receiving space from a bottom edge thereof. At least a clip is integrally formed on one of the supporting arms. At least a first anti-disorientation device is integrally formed on an inner wall of one of the supporting arms, and a second anti-disorientation device is integrally formed on an outer wall of one of the supporting arms.
These and additional objects, features, and advantages of the present invention will become apparent after reading the following detailed description of the preferred embodiment of the invention taken in conjunction with the appended drawings.
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a card carriage bracket in accordance with the present invention;
FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the card carriage bracket and a small card to be assembled therein;
FIG. 3 is an assembled view of FIG. 2;
FIG. 4 is an assembled view of a large card connector in which the card carriage bracket with a small card is inserted therein; and
FIG. 5 is a perspective view of a card carriage bracket in accordance with a second embodiment of the present invention and a small card to be assembled therein.
Referring to FIGS. 1, 2 and 3, a card carriage bracket 1 in accordance with the present invention comprises a base 12 forming a pair of supporting arms 10, 11 extending from transverse ends thereof of the base 12. A metal shield 13 is attached to a bottom of the bracket 1. The bracket 1 defines an inner receiving space 14 for a small card 3 and an outer perimeter 14'. The outer contour of the bracket 1 is same as a large electrical card. The base 12 has rugged portions 15 formed on upper and bottom surfaces thereof for facilitating grasp ablility of the bracket 1.
The supporting arm 10 forms a clip 16 at a front end thereof and the supporting arm 11 forms a clip 16' near a middle portion. The clips 16, 16' have the same configuration and only clip 16 is shown. The clip 16 forms a leading face 161 and a stopping face 162 for facilitating assembly and retention of the small card 3 therein. Each supporting arm 10 (11) further forms a supporting tab 17 extending from a bottom edge into the receiving space 14 for supporting the inserted small card 3. An inner wall 18 of the supporting arm 11 limits transverse movement of the inserted card 3. The base 12 forms a flange 12a extending toward the receiving space 14 for limiting upward movement of the inserted card 3. The supporting arm 11 forms a first anti-disorientation wedge 11a for facilitating correct insertion of the card 3.
A second anti-disorientation device 2 is integrally formed on one of the supporting arms 10 and 11. The anti-disorientation device 2 includes a ridge 2a having surfaces 20, 21 of different angles. By this arrangement, the bracket 1 can only be inserted into the large card connector 5 (FIG. 4) with the correct orientation.
The metal shield 13 forms four retaining tabs 131 for engaging bottom of the bracket 1. The metal shield 13 prevents EMI from effecting the inserted card 3. The metal shield 13 defines a cutout 132 for providing access to the inserted card 3. The metal shield 13 is integrally formed with doweling buds 133 that are directly punched from the metal shield 13. The doweling buds 133 engage with mating clips (not shown) of the inserted card 3.
The small card 3 has stepped ribs 30 integrally formed on a sidewall thereof. The stepped ribs 30 include a first rib 31 defining a space 3 la at an end portion of the sidewall 11. The space 31 a and the wedge 11 a jointly prevent incorrect insertion of the small card 3. A retaining seat 32a is defined on a second rib 32 for engagement with the clip 16' of the supporting arm 11. Another retaining seat 32' is formed on the opposite sidewall of the small card 3 for engagement with the clip 16 of the supporting arm 10. By this arrangement, if the small card 3 is inserted with the incorrect orientation, the wedge 11a will block the retaining seat 32' thereby preventing insertion of the small card 3 into the receiving space 14.
In assembly, a head 3a of the small card 3 is firstly inserted into the receiving space 14 and located under the flange 12a. Then an under edge of the first rib 31 and an under edge of the retaining seat 32' slide over the leading face 161 of the clips 16', 16 respectively until the entire card 3 is seated in the receiving space 14, while each retaining seat 32 (32') engages with the corresponding clip 16' (16). Then the bracket 1 together with the small card 3 is inserted into a card connector 5, as shown in FIG. 4. The card connector 5 has a receiving slot 50 which ensures correct insertion of the bracket 1. The withdrawal of the bracket 1 can be easily facilitated by an ejecting mechanism 4.
FIG. 5 is a bracket 1' in accordance with a second embodiment of the present invention. The bracket 1' has a pair of clips 16- formed at the same position on opposite supporting arms. The height of the clips 16" are different thereby serving as an anti-disorientation device.
While the present invention has been described with reference to specific embodiments, the description is illustrative of the invention and is not to be construed as limiting the invention. Various modifications to the present invention can be made to the preferred embodiments by those skilled in the art without departing from the true spirit and scope of the invention as defined by the appended claims. Therefore, persons of ordinary skill in this field are to understand that all such equivalent structures are to be included within the scope of the following claims.
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|U.S. Classification||174/551, 174/DIG.34, 174/559, 439/159, 439/157|
|International Classification||H01R13/64, H05K5/02, H01R13/627, H01R13/516|
|Cooperative Classification||Y10S174/34, H05K5/0282, H05K5/0265, H01R13/6273, H01R13/64, H01R13/516|
|European Classification||H05K5/02H4, H05K5/02H2B, H01R13/64, H01R13/516|
|Nov 16, 1998||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: HON HAI PRECISION IND. CO., LTD., TAIWAN
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:CHEN, CHAO-HSU;CHANG, JEN-JOU;CHIOU, SONG-RONG;REEL/FRAME:009594/0681
Effective date: 19981001
|Jul 3, 2003||FPAY||Fee payment|
Year of fee payment: 4
|Jun 29, 2007||FPAY||Fee payment|
Year of fee payment: 8
|Aug 8, 2011||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|Jan 4, 2012||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|
|Feb 21, 2012||FP||Expired due to failure to pay maintenance fee|
Effective date: 20120104